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  • Rev. Fr. John Kunjukunju
    Tears in the Bible Tear is drop of salty water coming from the eye. (1) Tears flow down when cries, hence tear is said as a byproduct of weeping. It is an
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 18, 2010
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      Tears in the Bible

      "Tear is drop of salty water coming from the eye." (1) Tears flow down when cries, hence tear is said as a byproduct of weeping. It is an effective tool to contain sorrow and excruciating experiences. `Tearful' and `tearless' are thus adjectives of weeping. People cry when they experience sorrow, pain, fear and extreme happiness; thus there are tears of sorrow and happiness. In other words, tear is a result of emotional changes in the human mind and body. Hagar bitterly
      wept when she thought Ishmael would die, Gen 21:16. King Hezekiah wept bitterly when Isaiah informed him that he would die. Seeing his tears and hearing his prayers God reversed the decision and extended the life of the king for another fifteen years, 2K 20:5. Joseph was overwhelmed with joy when he saw his brother Benjamin and wept, Gen 43:30, then again when he met his other brethren, 45:15. Joseph might have felt grief recollecting the cruelties of his brethren and joy
      thinking how his dreams came true and God changed his circumstances for good. Crying as an expression of over-joy and tears resulting from happiness, is however seldom and short-lived when compared to the tears of sorrow. Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus, John 11:35, which has a different dimension. By sharing the grief of Martha and Mary, Jesus demonstrated that he was a perfect human, ameliorating the grief of suffering devotees. Jesus was reminding the social responsibility of human race to bear burdens one another. English poet John Donne said, "When a man dies, it diminishes me, for, I am involved in the mankind; no man is an island." Mary Magdalene wept beside the tomb of Jesus, John 20:11; Can one demonstrate selfless love better! When Jacob saw Rachael for the first time, he kissed her and loudly cried, Gen 29:11. This was surely because of his over-joy.

      Righteous men weep when people neglect God and when people are tormented. Ezra wept when he saw that the men of Judah married heathen women, Ezra 10:1. Nehemiah wept when he saw Jerusalem in ruins, Neh 1:4. Isaiah wept when he saw the destruction of valley of vision, Is 22:4. Souls of our beloved departed are alive, agile and are involved in the lives of the loved ones. They feel happy and rejoice when the loved-ones live righteously, pleasing God. They intercede on our behalf but that may not bear fruits when we turn our back to God. The Lord told through Jeremiah, "Pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me; for I will not hear thee," Jer 7:16. The sins of the people were so hard that the Lord again said, "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people,"
      Jer 15:1. This is good evidence that Moses and Samuel intercede for the people even after departure from the world, read also 1Sam 28:11-19. Our faithful bitterly weep (lament) and cannot be comforted when the loved ones suffer or live in debauchery. "A voice was heard in Ramah, Rachael weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not," Jer 31:15. Rachael was the wife of Jacob. She died on her way from Laban's house to Jacob's house. Jacob buried her in Bethlehem. Jacob set a pillar upon her grave
      and it is still there known as Rachel's pillar," Gen 35:19-20. Mathew 2:18 says, Jeremiah's prophecy was fulfilled at the infanticide by Herod. Let us consider three dates, (1) Rachel died and was buried in BC 1732 according to Schofield bible-a Protestant version. (2) Possible date of Jeremiah's prophecy was BC 606 according to Schofield bible, that is, 1126 years after the death and burial of
      Rachel. (3) Infanticide of Herod was in BC 01, that is, 607 years after the prophecy and 1733 years after the death of Rachel. To further explicate, Jeremiah says Rachel is living and is fully absorbed in bereavement due to the massacre of infants by Herod. Jesus wept because of the impending disaster of Jerusalem, Luke 19:41. Apostle John wept for no one was able to open the scroll,
      Rev 5:4

      (2) Tears come down when dust or external particles enter in the eye and (3) when exposed to gas, irritable fumes and smoke. These are natural eye protection methods. (4) Tears have a great medical function, that is, lubrication of eyeballs which enables the smooth movement of eyelids. (5) Tear glands are the safety valves of the human body. Machineries that work with inbuilt pressure such as, hydraulic device, pump stove, pressure cooker, etc have safety valves.
      Safety valves release excess pressure, to protect the machinery or utensils from damage and lose of life and property. Human body is a machine with many limits it can bear. Emotional escalations activate the tear glands to produce tears, which help relax muscles and nerves, controlling emotional overturns and help gradual return to normalcy.

      (5) In theological sense tear can be considered a symbol of repentance. David expresses his extreme ordeal and unlimited repentance with "drenching my bed with tears," Ps 6:6. "My tears have been my food day and night," Ps 42:3. Concerning the intolerable agony of the captives whom the Assyrians took, 2K 17, and about spiritual captivity of Satan, the Psalmist says, "You have fed them
      with bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in great measure," 80:5. The sinful woman wept and washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and Jesus accepted it, Luke 7:38. Peter wept bitterly after he denied Jesus, Mat 26:75. This study is neither complete nor perfect and yet, we have more reasons to safely surmise that tear symbolizes, pain, suffering, fear, sadness, sorrow, etc than it symbolizes happiness or blessings.

      We have been hearing a good lot of miracle news these days. The most recent one is at Kattachira St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Chapel in Kerala. According to news, "It started on 21st Oct 2009. As on today 17 bottles of divine fragrant fluid is filled. The bottles using are the same our church using to keep Holy Mooron, which takes about 250 ml." Many dignitaries visited and convinced of the miracle. Patriarch by his bull # 187/09 dated Dec 06, 09, in response to local bishop's request, declared it a pilgrim center.

      As the Patriarch rightly pointed out in the bull, the Church has had numerous instances of miracles manifesting the presence of St Mary, Mother of God, St George, the Martyr, Parumala St Gregorious and many other saints throughout history. Many are healed from sickness, problems solved, devil exorcised, devotees blessed with childbearing and so on. I surely believe St Mary and all the Saints who pleased and martyred for the sake of Gospel and the Kingdom of God, are still at work for the spiritual welfare of the people and the unity of Church. A lawyer interpreted the miracle, "I could feel an unseen hand guiding us during the entire period of conduct of appeals in the division bench of high court and their offshoots in the supreme court of India." Neither St Mary nor any Saint will show a miracle to favor litigation, escalate hatred and sustain division in the Church. Again it is wrong for a few complaisant people misinterpret the miracle as a favor. Miracles are not manifested in the places of Protestants and independent factions who do not believe in saints. Again, miracles are manifested in other religious centers, such as Sabarimala, Thirupathi, etc because people believe. It is a matter of heart, faith and conviction, not a matter to be proved by arguments. Equally so, claim of monopoly of a miracle by a section is ill-intended. Relentless tirades to aggrandize and commercialize the miracle are evident from all quarters. I wonder why the esteemed visitors, dignitaries and or hierarchy failed to discern the true meaning, why St Mary is shedding tears! St Mary is lamenting, similar to that of Rachel, because the leadership lost Christian virtues, defy the revealed will of God, 1Cor 11:18, Jude 19, aversion to put an end to the century-old infighting in the Holy Church. Failure to take the tears of St Mary as a warning sign to the recalcitrant and ego-centric leadership who are poised to continue the fight and division in the Church and not recognizing the need to repent is all the more pitiable.

      May the Lord help prevail better counsel,
      Love, KK Johnachen.

      Rev. Fr. John Kunjukunju
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    • Aji Thomas David
      Dear moderators Yes I do agree with Achan, mother Mary or any Saints will favor or will show any miracle to favor litigation, escalate hatred and sustain
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 21, 2010
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        Dear moderators

        Yes I do agree with Achan, mother Mary or any Saints will favor or will show any miracle to favor litigation, escalate hatred and sustain division in the Church. But sure they will support the truth and oppressed one through their prayer.

        Also Acahn wrote

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        I wonder why the esteemed visitors, dignitaries and or hierarchy failed to discern the true meaning, why St Mary is shedding tears! St Mary is lamenting, similar to that of Rachel, because the leadership lost Christian virtues, defy the revealed will of God, 1Cor 11:18, Jude 19, aversion to put an end to the century-old infighting in the Holy Church. Failure to take the tears of St Mary as a warning sign to the recalcitrant and ego-centric leadership who are poised to continue the fight and division in the Church and not recognizing the need to repent is all the more pitiable.
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        Yes I do agree with Achan this point also, but is it only for the esteemed visitors, dignitaries and or hierarchy who visited the place? Or to all parties those who are not yet witnessed or relicuent to witness it when its happening in their door steps or responsible for the present situation as well as those who all are involved in the present situation.

        If both party take the miracle as a message and sit face to face, a positive and constrictive solution for the present situation will come up in 10 minute time.

        Let us all pray for this.

        In Christ
        Aji Thomas David
        ID - 4088


        --- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Rev. Fr. John Kunjukunju wrote:
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        > Tears in the Bible
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        > "Tear is drop of salty water coming from the eye." (1) Tears flow down when cries, hence tear is said as a byproduct of weeping. It is an effective tool to contain sorrow and excruciating experiences. `Tearful' and `tearless' are thus adjectives of weeping. People cry when they experience sorrow, pain, fear and extreme happiness; thus there are tears of sorrow and happiness. In other words, tear is a result of emotional changes in the human mind and body. Hagar bitterly
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      • Varkey Titus
        Dear Moderators, I saw the message from Fr. K.K.John about the miracle at Kattachira chappel. I always considered Fr. John as a level headed priest, who
        Message 3 of 7 , Jan 24, 2010
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          Dear Moderators,

          I saw the message from Fr. K.K.John about the miracle at Kattachira chappel. I always considered Fr. John as a level headed priest, who happend or forced to be joined with the Devalokam group for his own reasons. I am also aware that John achen was the front fighter of the SOCM Forum in its starting time, in refuting the 'newly invented theologies' of the so called nick named 'Thomas P.' I still considered his writings are gneuine in many matters.

          However, when I gone through his recent post on 'miracle at Kattachira chappel', I see some kind of a partisan spirit in it. While he genuinly explains about the 'tear' and relevant biblical incidents in the first part of his message, later part he laments about it that why it is happend in a 'Jacobite Chappel'!!! He put it simply in his words " because the leadership lost Christian virtues, defy the revealed will of God, 1Cor 11:18, Jude 19, aversion to put an end to the century-old infighting in the Holy Church. Failure to take the tears of St Mary as a warning sign to the recalcitrant and ego-centric leadership who are poised to continue the fight and division in the Church and not recognizing the need to repent is all the more pitiable."

          Well John achen, here comes the cat out of the basket!!! I think you shows your frustration in these words, as it was NOT HAPPEND in your Church!!! If the miracle was happend in an IOC Church, do you dare to mention anything like this in your forum about your present leadership??? I am sure you will be praising about the incident and will try to establish that it is happening because of the "pious nature" of your leadership!! Since the SOCM Forum moderators are still loving you as a 'lost soul', they put all your derogatory remarks about our heirarchy without any moderation, which you cannot enjoy or even think in your own forum at any time!!

          You also mentioned that "Equally so, claim of monopoly of a miracle by a section is ill-intended. Relentless tirades to aggrandize and commercialize the miracle are evident from all quarters." I always considered you in high esteem, but now I feel pity about your above silly remarks. Commercialisation of anything in the Church matters is to be deplored, but how can you 'keep log in your eyes and trying to remove the dust from some one's eyes'??? The commercialisation of everything you can study from the Parumala Church, if you go there Achen. It is not started now, but since long long time ago. For a small example, if you keep a vow to give a 'Muthukuda' (Ornamental umbrella) in Parumala Church and fullfils it by keeping it infront of the Holy Kabar, the next minute, it will be taken from there and will be SOLD to somebody else in front of your eyes!!!! Is it a commercialization or you have some other biblical explanation for it??

          My dear Achen, I think if the poor Kattachira Chappel members is selling the photographs of Mother Mary, please don't try to colour it as a commercialisation of the miracle, as you mentioned. The Jacobite Church is not going to use any offeratory income from that chappel for paying any advocate fees or to Judges to persuade them to give favourable verdict in any legal cases, as IOC does. I hope you will become the same John Achen, who write useful messages for the laity, and I pray for it.

          With regards

          Varkey Titus
          Member ID No: 1024

          --- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Rev. Fr. John Kunjukunju wrote:
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          > Tears in the Bible
          >
          > "Tear is drop of salty water coming from the eye." (1) Tears flow down when cries, hence tear is said as a byproduct of weeping. It is an effective tool to contain sorrow and excruciating experiences. `Tearful' and `tearless' are thus adjectives of weeping.
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          > We have been hearing a good lot of miracle news these days. The most recent one is at Kattachira St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Chapel in Kerala. According to news, "It started on 21st Oct 2009. As on today 17 bottles of divine fragrant fluid is filled. The bottles using are the same our church using to keep Holy Mooron, which takes about 250 ml." Many dignitaries visited and convinced of the miracle. Patriarch by his bull # 187/09 dated Dec 06, 09, in response to local bishop's request, declared it a pilgrim center.
          >
          > As the Patriarch rightly pointed out in the bull, the Church has had numerous instances of miracles manifesting the presence of St Mary, Mother of God, St George, the Martyr, Parumala St Gregorious and many other saints throughout history. Many are healed from sickness, problems solved, devil exorcised, devotees blessed with childbearing and so on. I surely believe St Mary and all the Saints who pleased and martyred for the sake of Gospel and the Kingdom of God, are still at work for the spiritual welfare of the people and the unity of Church. A lawyer interpreted the miracle, "I could feel an unseen hand guiding us during the entire period of conduct of appeals in the division bench of high court and their offshoots in the supreme court of India." Neither St Mary nor any Saint will show a miracle to favor litigation, escalate hatred and sustain division in the Church. Again it is wrong for a few complaisant people misinterpret the miracle as a favor. Miracles are not manifested in the places of Protestants and independent factions who do not believe in saints. Again, miracles are manifested in other religious centers, such as Sabarimala, Thirupathi, etc because people believe. It is a matter of heart, faith and conviction, not a matter to be proved by arguments. Equally so, claim of monopoly of a miracle by a section is ill-intended. Relentless tirades to aggrandize and commercialize the miracle are evident from all quarters. I wonder why the esteemed visitors, dignitaries and or hierarchy failed to discern the true meaning, why St Mary is shedding tears! St Mary is lamenting, similar to that of Rachel, because the leadership lost Christian virtues, defy the revealed will of God, 1Cor 11:18, Jude 19, aversion to put an end to the century-old infighting in the Holy Church. Failure to take the tears of St Mary as a warning sign to the recalcitrant and ego-centric leadership who are poised to continue the fight and division in the Church and not recognizing the need to repent is all the more pitiable.
          >
        • Shinu Jesus Abraham
          Dear moderators As Mr. Varkey rightly pointed out we could see yet another well researched article of Johnachen. But don t understand what interpretation
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 30, 2010
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            Dear moderators

            As Mr. Varkey rightly pointed out we could see yet another well researched article of Johnachen.

            But don't understand what interpretation somebody deserves for the miracle they compare with what happening in sabarimala and thirupathi? Over emphasis of the nationalistic label of their church is even making their priests teach the similarity and equality of our savior with mythological gods of Hinduism. If someone says Mother is lamenting for the lost souls of "IOC" can they accept? Knowledge and virtues need not lead anyone to right path but faith and love do. Arios, Narios, Nestorius etc were great and renowned brains of their time so do paalakkunnathu metrans, vattasseri metran or even evanious metran of Bethany.

            Could someone prove Parumala thirumeni did went ahead with litigation in courts without the guidance from The Above..? Yes the only difference was that HG did speak truth and only truth even if it meant loosing arguments/case in court – not like some of his false followers whose theory was/is only a verdict or destination but not the path or the principle for achieving it. If a lawyer is standing for the truth he may experience the guiding spirit – yes you need to experience it. Why to judge others unnecessarily? What is happening in Trikkunnathu is another eye opener for those who litigate and speak inside and outside the court exactly the opposite. If He values the tears of all the SOC faithful for all these years it is our firm belief that we will partake in a Holy Qurbana in that church by SOC Catholicose and Partriarch. If Mother is with us who can be against us. Let us pray that all find out the logs in their own eyes before pointing the fingers.

            Prayerfully
            Shinu Jesus Abraham
            Member ID # 2908
          • Michael Poe
            Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Glory to God! Why is there so many posts of a political nature in regards to political problems within the Syrian
            Message 5 of 7 , Feb 4, 2010
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              Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
              Glory to God!

              Why is there so many posts of a political nature in regards to political problems within the Syrian Malankara Orthodox church and the Indian Orthodox church.It is obvious with the steps taken by the Antiochian Patriarchate to excomunicate the Indian Orthodox church that the reason for this is obvious to all and it should be left at that. To continually dwell on church politics detracts one from the life giving spiritual attention one should be devoting to prayers and living a life according to the Holy Gospel of our Lord,God,and Saviour Jesus Christ and the saving ark of our Holy Orthodox church.Our Lord instructed us in the way of divine love and for us to love Him above all else and our neighbors as ourselves. He instructed us to love oneanother to the degree that we even love those who hurt and hate us and who are our enemies. By loving our enemies they are no longer our enemies as it takes 2 to create a conflict between themselves.

              In Christ,
              Michael.
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            • Jacob
              Michael, well said. Until each one of us embraces and truly lives by the words Being in Christ and be His emissary , these squabbles will persist, for we
              Message 6 of 7 , Feb 6, 2010
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                Michael, well said.

                Until each one of us embraces and truly lives by the words"Being in
                Christ and be His emissary", these squabbles will persist, for we humans
                are driven by possession, greed, wealth, power, fame, etc. which are not
                qualities that Christ wants us to strive for. Unlike true followers of
                Christ, all of us often forget to forgive and be compassionate. Let's
                hope we all get there one day before it is too late!

                Jacob

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              • Michael Poe
                Dear brother in Christ Jacob, Glory be to God! We,being blessed as true Orthodox Christians are all members of the one body of our Lord,God and Saviour Jesus
                Message 7 of 7 , Feb 6, 2010
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                  Dear brother in Christ Jacob,

                  Glory be to God! We,being blessed as true Orthodox Christians are all members of the one body of our Lord,God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our Lord,as you so perfectly pointed out,teaches us the path and way to salvation which is love.Love is the very bedrock and foundation of the faith as our Lord expressed it so beautiful when he stared that we must love God above all else and our neighbor as ourselves.Upon this hangs all the law and the commandments.We as Orthodox Christians are called to live this life of love and make every aspect of our lives be centered upon prayer,love and bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit by remaining Christ centured and seing everybody as a living icon of Christ and dedicating our entire life unto Him.We must also look above and beyond in love to realise that all of us who have been blessed with the true Orthodox faith to realise that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, whether we are Oriental Orthodox (Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Malankara Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox, Eretrian Orthodox, Indian Orthodox)or Eastern-Byzantine Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Antiochain, Serbian, Romainian,ect). This also includes the Church of the East and even the Eastern Rite Cathoilc churches such as the Maronites and other Orthodox churches who have went back to being under Rome because they still follow the Orthodox typicon and spiritual,mystical path. We are all one body and church and we need to realise this and act upon it in a all embracing love and sence of unity under our Lord,God and Saviour Jesus Christ,that we may abide in Him,and He in us that we may be one.

                  Berek Aloho,
                  In our Saviour,
                  Moran Yashua Mshiho Bar Aloho,
                  Shlomo,
                  Michael.
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